I have been doing some research and I have found that back in Feb of 08' SigmaTel was bought out by Freescale. I am going to contact them and see if they can help. If any one else wants to contact SigmaTel the contacts can be found at:http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/overview.jsp?code=SIGMATEL_ACQ&fsrch=1
Actually it's www.idt.com looking after sigmatel drivers....but really it's no use because anyplace you go and you look for sigmatel drivers they say that drivers are provided by the OEM (in our case Dell)
so no use friend......Dell need to fix the issue and no one else can do....
Your post from last night seems to have been removed, apparently for a Terms of Service (TOS) violation. In answer to your question, if you get an external sound card and it does not support stereo mix (or whatuhear or wave out) in Vista, that is the fault of the external's card's driver. Your computer doesn't have anything to do with that. I don't know if the Sound Blaster X-Fi can do it or not. If you get it and try it out please let us know the results. For a long time I have been trying to find out if there is an external card that is known to support whatuhear in Vista. This Turtle Beach SRM card is another card that supposedly can do it but I have not seen any confirmation.
Did you try the solution I posted earlier, about using the Sigmatel R171789 driver (126.96.36.19915)
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in XP Compatibility mode? A forum member reported good results when he used that method on a 1720 like you have.
There are also some software products that supposedly let you record streaming audio while in Vista, such as
Virtual Audio Cable http://en.community.dell.com/forums/p/19117024/19240010.aspx#19240010
AML Easy Audio Recorder
Super MP3 Recorder Pro
Forum member "RicknSuze" posted this:
I have found a solution! I did another google search on "Vista compatible mp3 audio stream recorders" and came up with AML Easy Audio Recorder http://www.soft32.com/Download/free-trial/Easy_Audio_Recorder/4-190038-4.html I downloaded the program and tried it out....at first I wasn't impressed but realized that it was not only recording what it was hearing off of the net but also through the mic on the computer. I went into Control Panel...Sounds...and the mic was default. As soon as I made the mixer the default the poor sound quaility disappeared. I recorded some sounds and opened them again in Audacity to do a little improving and I'm happy to say that I think that this setup (while it does add an extra step) will work! If you read the reviews of this little piece of software they don't talk too highly of it...so far I can find no problems...I will experiment a bit more but unless I find a big problem I will pay their $16.95.
hey jimco...well it seems romuse was correct....nothing will work on vista...the sound blaster sound card has a stereo mixer, but compatible with vista...so unless you wanna downgrade to XP, then there seems to be no hope. kinda scared to keep tryin different things because i dont want to crash my system...and im not sure bout the whole "recording sound" thing...i just want to be able to play my music in the chat room i belong to.....so if anyone has an idea...please help me...thanks in advance!!!
Already contacted Turtle Beach SRM card from their site and they confirmed that it doesn't support vista for stereo mix....so no luck in this direction neither....
sigmatel; R171... in compatibility mode does add the stereo mix option but it's not working not only this but the normale recording from the mic works bad....
tried all the options that I came across and pretty much all of them and nothing worked.....
I've had this same issue with my Inspiron 1720. I can tell you all that the work around that was provided does work. I'm sorry I don't have that post handy to reference but I'm sure if you've spent any time in this forum for this problem you've seen it a few times already. Also, the earlier refrenced Sigmatel driver in XP compatibility mode works too but will lose the array mic option with that driver (or at least I did) but you will get the Stereo mix option.
Lastly, I can tell you first hand as I own it, that the Creative - Express Card Soundblaster X-Fi for laptop external soundcard (found at Best Buy and other online retailers ) does have the What U Hear option (same as stereo mix or wave out etc) and it is compatible with Vista 32 bit (which is what I have). It allows you to play music in your chat rooms and record streaming audio and all those types of things that folks were wanting the Stereo mix to do.
I hope this helps. Goodluck!
Thanks yet again for an informative post. I'm going to add the info about the X-Fi card to my notes before I forget.
A few days ago another 1720 owner got the R171789 XP drivcer to run in compatibility mode, in the thread Inspiron 1720 no stereo mix?????.
It's a shame it gave romuse poor results but I hope mslady144 gives it a try on her 1720. It seems to work better for some than for others.
Yes doveink, it seems that the workarounds do work on some systems and don't on others...
is this the card working for you on vista? I mean when you plugged it to your laptop with vista it does show the (stereo mix/what you hear..) option ? if it does could you please post the details and a link of the card in amazon or even in the creative site will be appreciated....
I have visited few forums where the talk is about the X-fi notebook card and actually many are reporting that it;s not working so taught maybe their are few models out their...if you post any details it will be helpful
hey doveink...thanks for the info...my soundblaster card doesnt seem to work unless im doing something wrong...my connect light wont come on...but the other links ive tried and none of them took for me...i can only try them again and see what happens...